Two Music Professors Earn Kudos in Chicago Tribune

Art Davis

Tom Garling

Chicago Tribune arts critic and noted jazz aficionado Howard Reich wrote a nice review of the recent performance of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. In the review, Reich singles out a few of the members of the CJO, including two who are on the NIU School of Music faculty - Art Davis and Tom Garling.

Of Art Davis, Reich says "Two veteran soloists stood out...Art Davis...kept his lines lean and sleek, a sharply conceived counterpoint to Schneider's arabesques. Here were fire and ice playing off of one another to striking effect."

Reich points out Tom Garling by writing "The first set's tour de force came in trombonist Tom Garling's "Metamorphosis," ...(which) unfolded as a miniature jazz concerto, Garling's trombone lines riffing head-to-head against the band in some passages, riding its rhythmic thrust in others."

The entire review may be found here.

Congratulations Art and Tom!

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